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A Crazy Arts Marketing Idea: Focus on What You’re Selling

Marketing doesn't have to be sleazy. That's the message behind Stefanie Flaxman's recent post on Copyblogger. Flaxman writes that if you believe in your product/show/event, then you should make sure it has the great marketing strategy it deserves.It's a similar message Jim shared in his pair of posts: You Are Your Marketing, Part I and II. He writes: "Being your own marketing goes a lot deeper than just designing a cool product, service, show or whatever. It’s about building your...

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How Your Arts Organization Can Ace Holiday Marketing [Infographic]

It's that time of the year: the holidays!This year, holiday-related sales are expected to surpass $923 billion, according to MDG Advertising.You've probably started planning for the season already. But, did you know generic holiday-themed emails actually perform worse than non-themed emails? This is just one of the tips shared in the infographic below, posted on MarketingProfs.Check out 9 more essential tips to help you score a bigger piece of the holiday sales pie.Got a comment or question? Join the...

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Cards & Points: How Are You Rewarding Your Patrons?

We're all looking for new ways to reward our patrons -- because a happy patron is a returning patron.Looks like these two companies are hatching innovative plans: Uber is planning to issue its own credit card with perks for Netflix and Spotify, and Groupon will allow users to earn hotel points and airline miles on each purchase.It's worth considering: How can you give your patrons a little something extra to keep them coming back for more?Because, as Jim explains...

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Is Your Content Selling Tickets?

Does your venue have a blog, YouTube channel or post on social media? Then you know it can be a great way to raise awareness, get people excited about your events and sell tickets. But do you know how effective your content is at doing all those things?Not if you don't track it.HubSpot recently outlined 10 ways you can measure the effectiveness of your content. Check it out below:Read More: Your Toolbox for Creating Great Arts Social Media Content ...

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Why Your Theater Should Be Live-Streaming [Infographic]

Have you tried live-streaming yet? Maybe a live interview or some behind-the-scenes fun from one of your productions? Well, here's an eye-opening fact about this social media trend: Facebook users comment 10 times more on live videos than on regular videos.This is just one useful tidbit from the infographic below (created by direct response marketing agency Koeppel Direct and posted on MarketingProfs), which highlights why live-streaming can be a good addition to your arts marketing plans: It taps into...

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Is Your Arts Organization Thinking About Halloween?

Halloween is creeping just around the corner. You've probably considered this holiday in your marketing plans, but if not, there's good reason to do so (next year!). Jim explains in his post, "What Does It Mean, Halloween?" " ... for a holiday for which there really is no 'true meaning,' people sure do celebrate. I think in the past, it was a kid’s holiday, and now it’s very, very broad. Maybe it’s the coming of age of the Saturday morning...

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Simple Strategies to Keep Your Patrons Coming Back

Here we go again: Talking about how to keep your patrons happy and coming back for more of what you've got to offer. It's a topic we return to a lot because, well, it’s vital for a successful organization.Entrepreneur shares, "Acquiring a new customer can cost a business six to seven times more than retaining an existing customer." With that stat in mind, it offers three ways to consistently delight (and retain) your customers. We share one simple strategy...

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Think Outside the Industry: Williams Sonoma Targets Younger Audience With Venmo

If you're looking to attract a younger audience (that's many of us), it's a good idea to be familiar with what's popular with that demographic. Like Venmo, for instance. It's an app that lets you send money to friends and family.According to PSFK, Williams Sonoma will soon accept Venmo as a form of payment for items on bridal registries: "Williams Sonoma hopes the new program will help the company appeal to a younger customer base that is accustomed to...

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Guaranteed Attention-Getter: An Opera of Orgasms

You're a Swedish opera house premiering your rendition of Puccini’s Turandot, and you'd like to attract younger audiences. What do you do?One sure way to get new patrons is to release an ad that's been labeled “The Opera of Orgasms.”The Swedish opera house Folkoperan hired an ad agency to produce a video of people, um, having orgasms.Adweek reports: "In the film, people in various — not necessarily glamorous — sexual situations express their climax to the tune of the...

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The Answers to All Your Image Size Questions

It doesn't seem like there would be a right answer to the question: What size should an image be? But it turns out there are some very helpful guidelines you can follow so your content is as visually appealing and effective as possible. MarketingProfs shared this infographic by WeAreTop10, which pulled these image-posting rules from Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest and YouTube.Read More:You Might Fail, So at Least Fail Up 3 Ways You're Wrong About Live Entertainment,...

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